18th century Redcoat and a 19th century Redcoat soldier

18th Century

By the 18th century, defensive armour had virtually disappeared from the battlefield, in response to the development of firearms and their increased power and accuracy.

Mobility was much more useful to a soldier than heavy armour.


The British Army gained its nickname the ‘Redcoats’ from the colour of the woollen coats a lot of the regiments wore.

The 18th and 19th century was a time of ornamental military uniforms. By mass-producing uniforms, thousands of soldiers could be equipped quickly and standard sizes and designs were easier to replace on campaign. These colourful uniforms eventually gave way in the late-19th century to the khaki tunics more suited for actual combat.

18th century British cavalry sword

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A special exhibition in the White Tower at the Tower of London, commemorating the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt.

23 October 2015

Tower of London

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The first modern rifle

The French 1886 8mm Lebel rifle was the first modern rifle: it had a small bore and used smokeless powder in place of the older "gunpowder".